In November 2008 I was stoked to find a cool website that would tell me if I needed an umbrella today via text message.  After a week the success rate of messages was 50%.  The week following that I pretty much gave up on relying on the service to send me a text message, or have it be anywhere near the time I specified, the service was broken.

Shortly after that the updates stopped coming all together and I didn’t think twice about it.  Chalked it up to another Internet start-up with good intentions that failed miserably.  Last week out of the blue I got a text message from the site telling me I should take my umbrella to work. Seriously? Over a year later, not a single message, then you send one? What gives.

Since that message I’ve received two more, even though it’s been raining on and off.  The site has zero advertising and costs nothing to use.  It’s clearly a case of getting what you pay for.  The text message did prompt me to visit the website and actually unsubscribe, a rather painless process.  I did chuckle at the confirmation code they gave me to confirm my choice to unsubscribe though: overrate.